I recently had the opportunity to visit with someone who is very dear to me and the subject of healing vs. sickness came up because they have a family member who is very ill with a debilitating disease.
Before I go any further, I want to let all readers know that I am not an authority on either of the aforementioned subjects. However, you don’t have to be when you’ve lost loved ones to disease. It should stir up more than grief when an invisible enemy invades your family and steals someone precious from you. Agreed?
As we were visiting about this person’s loved one, my passion (or anger) against sickness and disease started to surface again so I mentioned recent testimonies that I know about where God had done miracles in people’s bodies. Things that would defy logic, things that even doctors are at a loss for words over.
I followed it up with scriptures about the truth of what Christ purchased for us on the cross of Calvary and how He not only purchased spiritual freedom and eternal life, but the atonement on the cross clearly provided for our physical healing as well (see Isaiah 53:3-5, Mt. 8:16-17, 1Peter 2:24).
Is God the One Who’s Making People Sick?
As our conversation continued, this dear person said: “Well you know don’t you that God gets great glory from those who are suffering with sickness and can use that to bring someone to Him if He wants to?”
I need to tread very carefully right now for those of you who believe this stuff because I respect your right to believe what you want. However, I choose not to believe anything that I cannot find in God’s word.
Once again, I want to make it clear that I am not “an authority” on the subject of healing, nor am I a theologian. But since I lost a precious little girl to cancer years ago, I’ve made it my business, more like “my quest,” to find out what I was lacking in Word knowledge so that it never happened again.
I grew up under the same type of thinking that this dear person still lives under…I was never taught the whole truth.
Some religious persuasions still teach people that God is angry at times and if you step out of line too far, or don’t perform all your duties accurately or completely, He’ll be mad and is liable to put a cancer or some other horrible disease or circumstance on you to (here it goes) “teach you something!”
I have a question for you, if God uses sickness and disease to teach us, then what is the Holy Spirit, our Teacher doing? Part of His job description is to teach and counsel us (see John 14:16) just like Jesus would do if He were here in the flesh today?
Accusing a loving, compassionate, merciful God of putting sickness on us really “gets my goat!” It clearly shows that wrong teaching has been received and that’s more difficult to root out than simple ignorance or lack of awareness of the truth.
Jesus Himself said in John 5:19-21(NKJV) that He could do nothing of Himself but what He saw His Father do and then He did it in “like manner.” He also said in v.21 that as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so does the Son.
God was OK with Jesus healing people, He authorized it from heaven and He was not and is not the source of cancer, or leprosy, or any other sickness, then or now, or any other hellish disease that destroys people’s lives.
Beelzebub or the Spirit of God?
Let’s go to Matthew 12:21-30 for a minute. Jesus was face to face again with His religious adversaries. He was doing what he was supposed to be doing, going around doing good and healing all who were oppressed (Acts 10:38). After he cast a demon out of someone and set them free so that they could talk and see, you would think that it would have been cause for joy.
Instead, the Pharisees—the ones who knew every letter of the law, accused Him of casting out that demon by Beelzebub, or Satan himself. How completely ludicrous, and religious! Jesus told them, “If Satan casts out Satan, how will his kingdom stand?” But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Think about a couple of things here. Jesus said that He only did what He saw His Father do (Jn. 5:19), and back in Hebrews 1:3 the word says that Jesus is the expressed image of His person, meaning the exact image, character, and nature of His Father.
Wouldn’t it make sense that if God was responsible for making people sick, then Jesus would have been in direct violation of the Father’s will for Him by going around healing people that His Father was trying to teach by making them sick? And, God’s kingdom would have fallen as surely as if Satan’s would have if he was casting out his own demons. Sort of defies common sense doesn’t it?
You have to be taught this kind of illogical, religious thinking repeatedly to believe it. How many of you that are parents would pray for, or call for sickness to be placed on your children or loved ones so that they would learn their lesson?
If you could actually do that and you were found out, you’d be arrested, and rightfully so. But yet people have no problem accusing the same God who died for them, of putting cancer or something else on them.
The problem is, they really don’t understand the nature of the One who loves them more than anyone else EVER will.
If you have sickness in your body, regardless of whether you have a headache, or something worse, it’s completely natural to want to be well; to be free from what ails you. That’s the way God made us and that’s one of the things He died for on the cross. He even made our bodies to heal themselves.
One of the names of God is Jehovah Raphe′, our healer. If a person will do some study of the subject of healing from the Old Testament through the New Testament, it’s virtually impossible to ignore that this was one of the important things Jesus died for. The Father clearly equipped and anointed Him for this ministry, as well as preaching, teaching, and deliverance, another form of healing and restoration.
In many circles, the term: saved, or salvation is understood to mean accepting Christ as Lord and then receiving eternal life with the promise of heaven someday. But again, this is only part of the meaning of being saved.
“Almost” every time you see the word save, saved, or saves in the New Testament, it’s translated in the Greek as sozo, and it means: to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health, to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue.
There are approximately, seventeen occurrences or references in the Gospels alone where it shows Jesus healing “all” who came to Him; regardless of the malady of the day. And one interesting tidbit is this. Jesus received 39 stripes on His back for our healing. Every major sickness and/or illness known to man comes from 39 original causes. Coincidence? Hardly.
In Luke 9:54-56, Jesus and His disciple were passing through a Samaritan village and the people of the village did not receive Him. When James and John picked up on this, they said to Jesus, “Do you want us to command fire to come down and consume them like Elijah did?” Then Jesus said, “The Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” The word “save” here that Jesus used is, sozo, to heal, make whole and restore.
Jesus was, and is, very interested your healing and wholeness. Nothing has changed that!
But the devil wants you to believe that God has allowed your sickness, or even made you sick and he’s been very successful at using wrong doctrine and religious dogma to dilute the truth so that he can blame God for it and so that we’ll receive and agree with the destroyer.
Get in the word today concerning your healing, listen to the Holy Spirit and simply receive it as your own.
God bless you,